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Congress Hears CFI’s Call for Repeal of Global Blasphemy Laws
January 28, 2020

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Religious persecution around the world was the focus of a joint hearing of two House subcommittees on Tuesday, January 28, and the Center for Inquiry took the opportunity to push for the support of bipartisan resolutions calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who introduced the House version …

CFI Leads Secular Groups in Meeting with Federal Agencies on Anti-Discrimination Rules
December 10, 2019

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CFI’s Director of Government Affairs, Jason Lemieux, organized a meeting on November 25 with staff at the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). We had come to discuss our serious concerns with pending regulations that would remove protections against religious discrimination in services provisioned …

A Report from Secular Coalition’s Annual Lobby Day
October 1, 2019


Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the Secular Coalition for America’s (SCA) annual lobby day. Approximately ninety attendees flew in from across the United States to give voice to the concerns of America’s ever-increasing nonreligious population. Before the attendees were dispatched to meet with their representatives, I delivered a presentation on …

Secular Addiction Recovery is for Everyone
August 29, 2019


We at CFI haven’t said much about this lately, but one of our legislative advocacy issues is ensuring access to secular, science-based addiction recovery support programs across the United States. In too many communities, faith-based, “twelve-step” programs are the only peer-support group option for people recovering from addiction. Sometimes people with addictions suffer run-ins with …

Marine Vet to Sec. Wilkie: Stop Using VA to Promote Christianity
August 28, 2019

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Center for Inquiry Director of Government Relations, Jason Lemieux, decried the remarks of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, who told the Washington Times that VA hospitals were being “bullied” when asked not to display Bibles and other Christian symbols. Mr. Lemieux is a combat veteran who served three tours in Iraq as an infantryman with …

Homeopathy in the House
July 19, 2019


Homeopathy isn’t discussed much in the halls of Congress. So when last month, a pro-homeopathy amendment was considered on the House floor, I thought it would be a good opportunity to peek at the man behind the congressional curtain. Our longtime supporters will recall that, in 2015, former CFI Director of Government Affairs Michael DeDora …

We Did It! CFI Met with Every New Member of Congress
April 22, 2019

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When a new and more diverse freshman class of Congress came to Washington earlier this year, forming a new Democratic majority, we told you that we intended to hit the ground running, and meet with each newly elected representative in the first 100 days of the 116th Congress. I’m happy to report to you that our goal …

Statement on “Religious Freedom” Remarks by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker
January 17, 2019

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Yesterday, acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave remarks to a Heritage Foundation audience in which he claimed that secular Americans have “changed their minds” about supporting religious freedom and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). RFRA, passed in 1993, prevents the government from substantially burdening an individual’s exercise of religion unless there is a …

D.C. Government Backs Down from Privileging Churches After Warning Letter from CFI
December 12, 2018

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Today, CFI is pleased to announce that the District of Columbia government reversed a recent proposal that would have privileged religious institutions by charging them a lower water services fee than other nonprofit organizations. The Center for Inquiry sent a letter on December 4 warning the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority that special treatment for …

Our future depends on your vote.
November 6, 2018

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